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The new Frontiers in Computing Systems group,  part of Columbia’s Data Science Institute, is hosting an inaugural full-day symposium, with leading speakers and panelists, to highlight the advances and grand challenges in Big Data infrastructure:  extreme-scale computing systems (hardware, parallel computing, software, databases) and their application to solve diverse cutting-edge problems in climate and ocean science, population-scale biomedical informatics, genomics, materials science, neuroscience, astrophysics and engineering.

The symposium includes an exciting keynote by Ruchir Puri, the chief architect of IBM’s Watson system, on "Engineering the Future of Cognitive Systems."  Other speakers include those developing state-of-art high-performance parallel computers and large-scale Python-based software platforms, as well as experts on computational problems in climate science, astrophysics, and protein folding simulation.

The event will include a keynote talk, lunch, two talk presentation sessions, a networking and poster session, and a panel of experts with audience participation.

 

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Friday, March 24 • 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Panel Session: Views from the Computing Frontier: Insights from Experts

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Moderator:
Kyle Mandli, Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Columbia University 

Panelists:
Sankar Basu
Program Director, National Science Foundation (CISE/CCF)

Leslie Greengard
Director, Center for Computational Biology, Simons Foundation (Flatiron Institute)
Professor, Courant Institute, NYU

Sitharthan Kamalakaran
Director of Bioinformatics, Institute for Genomic Medicine
Columbia University

Brad Spiers
Principal Solutions Architect, Micron Technology

Renata Wentzcovitch
Professor of Materials Science, and Earth & Environmental Sciences
Columbia University


Moderators
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Kyle Mandli

Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics, Columbia University
KYLE T. MANDLI is an Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics in the department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics in 2011 from the University of Washington studying multi-layered flow as it applies to storm-surge simulation. His research interests involve the computational and analytical aspects of geophysical shallow mass flows such as tsunamis, debris-flow and storm-surge. This also... Read More →

Speakers
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Sankar Basu

Program Director, National Science Foundation (CISE/CCF)
SANKAR BASU is a permanent Program Director at the NSF/CISE directorate. Prior to NSF, he was at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and on the faculty of Stevens Institute of Technology. He has visited the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, and the MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems for extended periods. During 2012 he served as an Embassy Science Fellow at the US Embassy in Berlin, Germany on... Read More →
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Leslie Greengard

Director, Center for Computational Biology, Simons Foundation (Flatiron Institute), Professor, Courant Institute, NYU
LESLIE GREENGARD is the Director of the Center for Computational Biology at the Flatiron Institute, a division of the Simons Foundation. He received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Wesleyan University (1979), and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and M.D. degree from Yale University (1987).  From 1987-1989, he was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University and at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU, where he is... Read More →
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Sitharthan Kamalakaran

Director of Bioinformatics, Institute for Genomic Medicine, Columbia University
SITHARTHAN (SID) KAMALAKARAN is the Director of Bioinformatics at the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004, and a B.Tech. in Industrial Biotechnology from Anna University, Chennai, India.   His current work involves developing up scalable storage and computing systems for the analyses of population scale DNA... Read More →
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Brad Spiers

Principal Solutions Architect, Micron Technology
BRAD SPIERS is a Principal Solutions Architect at Micron Technology, Inc. He spent almost twenty years on Wall Street, building system solutions to solve business problems.  He worked at Bank of America as a Senior Vice President in Technology Infrastructure. He was the technical lead of their next-generation cloud infrastructure, called Project Greenfield, which used Openstack and newer technologies to optimize their private cloud of... Read More →
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Renata Wentzcovitch

Professor of Materials Science, and Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University
RENATA WENTZCOVITCH is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics Department, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. She was formerly a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota.  Originally from Brazil, she holds a Ph.D. in Condensed... Read More →


Friday March 24, 2017 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Davis Auditorium 530 West 120th Street New York, NY 10027 USA

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